Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Green!

Holy crapmo! The farmhouse is about to be run over with cukes! These are some of the first ones that I picked. First batch and I got 15 with lots more coming in!

So..... what is a girl to do with so many cukes?!

Make some pickles!

I mean, I have so much time on my hands. It's not like I have a basement to clean for the Fantabulous Basement/Storage Challenge or a secret project to work on for the Inspiration Party or anything like that....

I found a case of jars in the basement and got busy.

Those black eyed susans are such hams!

I sliced the 2 cucumbers (about 1/8" thick), then 2 of the onions and put some salt on top. Kept doing this til the cucumbers and onions were all done. I used about 1/3 cup of kosher salt total. Then I put a layer of ice on top, covered with a towel and let them sit for an hour or so.

If I had a better camera, maybe my pics would not be so blurry....

When the cuke mixture had sat for an hour I drained, rinsed and drained.

About halfway through the cukes sitting time I started the jars and bands boiling. When the cukes were done, I made the brine.

2 cups sugar
2T mustard seed
2t turmeric
1t ginger
1t peppercorns
3 cups white vinegar

Add all these ingredients to a stockpot and bring to a boil. If you do have a cold, this will definitely clear your sinuses! Add the cukes after they have been drained, rinsed and drained. Bring to a boil again. Then add the pickles to hot jars and process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.

These are a sweet and sour kind of pickle. Really good! You do have to let these sit for about a week before trying them.

Now, something to make all you city folk cry!

These 2 little beauties come to my yard atleast once a day. Sometimes they are here 3 or 4 times. My yard is full of clover and they just love to munch on it. We think their mother may have been hit by a car, cause we have never seen a doe with them. This was right outside my kitchen window one morning.

As for the Fantabulous Basement/Storage Challenge, would you believe that I found this in the basement? It now holds all our current paperwork. 3 boxes were cleaned out and are now neatly stored in here. Even in file folders with what is in the file folder labeled on them! I have been working on getting some general mess cleaned up down there now. I almost have enough done to show off my progress so you can see I have made progress!

I also got Step 1 of my Inspiration Post done too!

Woo Hoo! I am off like a herd of turtles!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, I have cukes too! I'm using your recipe and making The White Farmhouse pickles! YUMMY!
Good job with the basement too!
It's funny you mentioned mozzarella~ I make homemade fresh mozzarella~ so good and EASY!
Mid August be looking for a post.
YOu will still have both basil and tomatoes!
I can't wait to make the pickles!!!!
xo Yvonne

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

How fun to have the babies visit you, they are adorable!
Oh and don't make me think about our basement, I won't even go down there! Good job making some progress!

Pam said...

Awesome! I can almost taste those pickles now. Yummy!:-) I would love to see deer like that every day. My hubby would have a tree stand up come fall if we had that on our property.:-P Congrats on the basement progress. I'll post pics on my blog if and when I get mine cleaned out.

Dar said...

Wow, you are one busy little beaver. Those pickles look 2die4. It's been years since I've made them due to water issues. Now that we have a new well and good water, I have no cucs...dang.
Your basement project sure is coming along great too. You go girly. Always love to see the fawns in the field and lawn here too.

Lori said...

Look at you go ~ pickles, organization, cleaning and photo journalist extraordinaire!! We also have a mama deer with 3 babies just up the street ~ spots and all ~ they are so darn cute. I made relish once ~ swear to God ~ my right arm is still bigger because of it as I used the old crank grinder ~ my table still has the indents from it too! I will work on my inspiration post this time around ~ I have a couple of people on my radar...hmmmmm....

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on the cukes! The pickles sound great-enjoy! If you get tons, making relish is a good way to use up a little of this and that too:@)

Jacqueline said...

My cukes are just coming on too. I have never made pickles. You make it sound easy. I have never really had enough to make but this year seems to be good. I am your newest follower.

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scrambledhenfruit said...

I love making pickles! Our cukes have slowed down because of the drought, but there's plenty of summer left for them. This looks like a delicious recipe- Thanks for sharing and good luck with your basement. Mine is scary right now. (My jars are down there though, so if I'm going to pickle I need to be brave and go down there.)

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Hey lady, bottle some of your energy and send it to me NOW!!!! LOL
My cukes fizzled this year, but mabe next year I can try your recipe.
Love seeing the babies, makes my heart ache for Alaska....or actually any wildlife to visit here. We get the other kind :(
Clean, organize? what does that mean????
Cyndar is doong wonderfully! Thanks so much for asking. She feels so good she runs around the backyard.....prob is she isn't spoe to be running!! Yeh, you know how hard it is to stop a Dane. She's always kncoking us down! She thinks shes a steam roller! LOL
Glad to be back, hoping to be a posting fool, in between real life. Ha!